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Blues on the Block: Connecting Communities through Live Music, Rhythm, and Public Health

  The National Blues Museum was one of ninety-one museums, libraries, and cultural or tribal organizations that leveraged their position as trusted community partners to help bolster …

How Are Museums Celebrating Juneteenth This Year?

As of 2021, the United States has a new federal holiday: Juneteenth. In the years since June 19, 1865—when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation …

What University Museum Educators Have Learned from the Pandemic

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2021 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

Tearing Down Barriers

With “SubSpace,” the Museum of Science, Boston is creating a more inclusive environment by pushing the boundaries of theater, technolog…

How the Greenwood Art Project United a Community in Reflection and a Vision for the Future

By 1921, the thriving Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, had generated one billion dollars of collective wealth in today’s economic terms. Nicknamed “Black Wall Street” by W.E.B. …

Catching Feelings for a Triceratops: How Live Theater in Museums Evokes Empathy in Visitors

An excited murmur can be heard throughout the audience as they await the show to begin. When we come together to watch a live performance we expect to be moved, to be transported out of the …

Pivoting Your Programming: Virtual and Other Unique Options for Small Museums

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Learn more about how small museums are continuing to connect with their audiences, even when COVID‐19 …

With the Help of MAP, the Manassas Museum Met Its Changing Community’s Needs

Through the Museum Assessment Program, museums gain perspective on how to improve core areas of their operations, with a combination of guided self-reflection and close consultation with an …

Picture of Health: How MFA, St. Petersburg, Reimagined the Museum Program as a Source of Wellness and Healing

As the Curator of Public Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, my professional focus has always been the MFA’s public spaces, performing arts venue, and gardens—not the …

These Museums Helped Welcome Immigrants and Refugees to their Community, and Yours Can Too!

Welcoming America’s annual Welcoming Week enlists organizations around the country to welcome new immigrants and refugees into their new communities. This year, AAM is a national partner of …

The Peabody Essex Museum’s Climate + Environment Initiative Seeks to Create a Different Climate Future

As the director of an interactive art and nature space, I’ve included climate change as a topic in many shows and programs over the years. But until recently, I had convinced myself that …

A National Collaboration Unites Black Museums in Celebration of Juneteenth

African American museums across the country bear a glorious responsibility to educate and engage, to inform and inspire, to bring together and build. As anchors for this engagement …
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August Advocacy Heats Up – Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – August 5, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: #InviteCongress: Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum is August 15-19! Take Action: Urge Your Legislators to Support …

Historic Houses in the Shifting Landscape of Climate Change

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
In combating climate change, we can look to Indigenous and historic practices for models of sustainable architectural solutions to extreme heat, cold, and humidity. Structures built in …

Agents Of Change: How IMPs Can Inspire & Partner With Their Clients

Category: On-Demand Programs: Career Management
What does it take to mobilize institutions to question their role in society, shift their culture, and better serve their communities? How can independent museum professionals inspire their …

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